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I did it!  Well, at least 2/3 of the way– I wore heels to my 2 morning classes.  But, for my evening class I went with ballet flats.  At least I tried, right?  I have always really liked this blouse and for a while it disappeared and I just assumed that I had purged it because the neckline does have a tendency to gape open.  When we moved I found that it had fallen out of the dresser drawer and been living scrunched up in the bottom of my dresser.  I was super excited to have found it.  After a trip through the washing machine its as good as new.

I didn’t have an outfit pre-planned for Wednesday and since I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses lately I decided to go with pants.  I was going to wear one of my two kimono tops with olive-green leggings but I just couldn’t get the look that I wanted.  I didn’t have a top long enough in the right color to pull the look off and even the one that I thought about wearing seemed too casual.  That may be an outfit better suited to work, instead.  Then, I thought about pairing this top with my maternity khaki’s but I couldn’t find them anywhere.  I have no idea where they are– I know that I recently washed them but they weren’t hanging up in the closet and I didn’t have all day to search for them.  Instead, I opted for these cropped khaki’s.  Luckily, they used to fit a little loose so I was still able to make them work with the use of my belly band to disguise that they are not fully zipped or buttoned.  Also, I used to pin the neckline of the blouse at a higher point so the v-neck wasn’t so deep and wear a camisole underneath of it.  This time, I actually unfolded the edge of the and pinned that together creating an entirely new shape to the neckline– it’s basically a sweetheart neckline.  The simple thing made me extremely happy.

I’ve never really highlighted the red in this print so that’s what I went for this time.  I would have worn my red short-sleeved cardigan because it was another 85+ degree Fall day but I wanted to cover my butt and so I went with my red long-sleeved boyfriend cardigan and just pushed the sleeves up.  I accessorized with red drop earrings and my silver watch.  I was originally going to wear my red ballet flats but I forced myself to go with my navy blue pumps.  They have a low heel and lots of cushioning on the footbed.  They are probably one of the most comfortable pair of pumps that I have.  I really enjoyed this outfit but I do have to say that the shirt and pants were both feeling a little stretched to capacity so I’m not sure that either of these items are going to work going forward in my pregnancy.

Here are some ways that I’ve styled this top in the past– mind you most of these photo’s are from quite awhile ago since this top has been lost.  The most recent photo is from Feb. 2016:

I’ve paired this top with just about every color blazer I could– navy, burgundy, black, royal blue, and teal and twice with a magenta cardigan.  I usually go with a neutral bottom half–khaki skirt, khaki pants, or grey trousers.  But, once I did go with burgundy trousers.  This last time I did consider my navy blue trousers but I didn’t even try them with the top because I know that they don’t accommodate the bump.  I would also like to pair this top with my mustard colored cardigan for a very Fall look.

-Carla

I mentioned briefly that we were moving from our apartment to our first home.  Well, that happened!  Last Thursday was the big day with the movers.  I was extremely happy that everything was moved on Thursday.  But, that meant that the following several days were spent putting the house together and frequent trips to Wal-Mart and home improvement stores for odds and ends and organizational items.  I never thought that shopping for a kitchen junk drawer organizer could make me so happy.

Monday was Labor Day and we didn’t do much but hang about the house and rest and re-charge.  We went to visit my parents Saturday evening and celebrate my Dad’s birthday and pick up a rocking chair that my mom wanted to pass along to us.  On Sunday we went to my in-laws to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday with cake and ice cream.  But, Wednesday it was back to work!  I had a 22-week check-up appointment at my Dr.’s before class.  I’ve been wearing dresses but with my check-up I needed to wear a shirt and pants.  I felt like this was the first outfit where it was obvious that I was pregnant but none of my students mentioned it.  I guess there really is a strong stigma against asking a woman if she’s pregnant.

I wore this maternity flowered top with a cream-colored camisole underneath.  I paired it with one of my newest maternity items–khaki pants.  This time around I added a bronze colored belt, brown ballet flats, a gold watch, and gold earrings to finish off the outfit.  I’m sorry that these photo’s are a little blurry.  I took these pictures in my new dining room and I didn’t know that the focus wasn’t set correctly.  I thought about not sharing them but I decided to go ahead and share them, anyway since you can still see my outfit.

What do you think?

-Carla

 

Although I am pregnant, I’ve been combing Pinterest for outfit ideas– both maternity and non-maternity that I can make work.  It’s wonderful when I find a pair of pants or a top that I wasn’t sure would work and it does.  But, there’s the flip side of that coin when I try on something and it just isn’t going to work, no-how/no-way.

On Tuesday of this week I paired a blush colored blouse with khaki pants.  I knew that the khaki’s would work because I modified them by adding two stretchy panels to the waistband to accommodate my growing baby.  The blouse I thought might work but I wasn’t 100% certain.

The blouse barely worked.  Let’s just say that it probably won’t work in a week or two, but I did get to wear it that day.  I did not go with heels but instead chose my boat style shoes.  I chose to add some jewelry to my look with an oversized gold watch and a double strand white and gold necklace that came in my last Stitch Fix box.

What do you think?  Do you like this outfit?  Is it too simple?  Let me know in the comments below.

-Carla